Sefirot HaOmer

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Awakening From Above – Awakening From Below

When trying to understand the significance of Sefirat Haomer, the counting of the omer – the forty-nine day period from Pesach to Shavuot – we can ask the following question: Why do we count up from one to forty-nine and not the more common way of counting down to an anticipated event, that is from […]

Yom Hazikaron – Israel Memorial Day

When the State of Israel was established it was decided to observe Yom Hazikaron, a Memorial Day, for those who died in the War of Independence. Those who died in subsequent wars defending Israel and in terrorist attacks are included on this day as well. The day chosen was the day before Israel Independence Day, […]

Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel Independence Day

Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day commemorates the day on which the State of Israel was declared in 1948. When one contemplates Jewish history we can draw an historic parallel to our own times with the situation of the Jews at the time of the story of Chanukah. In 1939 the gates of legal immigration to […]

Pesach Sheni

When Israel celebrated the first Pesach in the wilderness after leaving Egypt a number of men approached Moses with a complaint: At the time of bringing the Pascal lamb offering they were in a state of impurity and thus were prevented from bringing the offering. They were asking for a remedy for their situation as […]

Lag B’Omer

Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the omer, commemorates two events. The first is the interruption or end of the plague between Pesach and Shavuot that killed the students of Rabbi Akiva during the time of the Roman occupation of Israel. After the death of 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the […]

Yom Yerushalayim

The first Torah portion of the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar, is usually read the week before Shavuot. Therefore, it also falls in close proximity to Jerusalem Day, which occurs a week earlier. Jerusalem Day commemorates the day during the 1967 Six Day War when Jewish rule returned to the unified holy city for the first […]

Jerusalem

To walk the streets of Jerusalem is a timeless past-time. Walking in an eternal palace. Hills reaching like fingers to grasp, clouds reaching down to touch, people living lives to see. Jerusalem is the vortex of the world; chosen and with a purpose. It is not built and destroyed, built and destroyed, in an endless […]

Open My Eyes That I May See Wonders in Your Torah

According to the wisdom of arranging the letters of Hebrew words in various ways, in order to extract multiple layers of meaning, the letters of the word Lag (as in Lag B’Omer) when reversed, spell gal. The root word gal has many meanings, one of which is “to open” or “reveal.” This meaning is expressed […]